Did you know that pregnancy massages have a whole host of benefits for expectant mothers?
Growing a person takes a huge amount of physical energy, and you may be feeling tired and worn out. A pregnancy massage is designed to be safe for you and your baby and help you unwind. The team at Cecily Day Spa in Berkhamsted are experts in massage and can discuss with you when it is safe to have a pregnancy massage to make you feel relaxed and amazing.
An important safety note, first: it’s recommended that you do not receive a pregnancy massage until you are past the first trimester. You can ask the team when it is best to have the massage, and we provide Prone Lying Bolster Cushions to ensure both you and baby can be safe and comfortable.
With that said, here’s a rundown of some of the benefits of a pregnancy massage:
Boosted Immune System – Surprisingly, massage can help to boost the immune systems of you and your growing baby. It improves blood circulation, which helps to distribute nutrients throughout the body evenly. It also helps to flush away toxins. This can help both mother and baby receive all the nutrients you need.
Relieves Insomnia – Whether you’re dealing with pregnancy-induced insomnia or you just can’t get comfortable at night, a lack of sleep is a common issue for expectant mothers. Regular massages can help to release endorphins, which have a lot of benefits. Not only will they make you feel happy, but they will also help you to relax, which may help you to settle down to sleep at night.
Relieves Pain – Pregnancy can get pretty uncomfortable, especially during the later stages. Massage (especially on a regular basis) can relieve joint pain, leg cramps, and upper and lower back pain.
Improves Posture – Posture can be an issue in pregnancy, as your centre of gravity will have changed. Carrying extra weight on your front can cause you some problems with your posture. Massage can help to increase muscle flexibility, which means you can maintain good posture and hold the extra weight without hunching or slouching.
Reduces Labour Pain – This sounds too good to be true, but pregnancy massage can help lessen labour pain. Although there are still more studies to be done, early studies suggest that pregnant women having regular massages experienced less pain during labour. It’s worth a try, right?
Reduces Stress – Pregnancy can be an anxious, stressful time, no matter what the circumstances. If you’re feeling stressed, it’s a good idea to try to relax as often as you can, whether that’s by having a bath, sitting outside and enjoying some fresh air, or settling down to read a book or watch a movie.
Excessive amounts of stress can actually cause premature labour, as the stress hormone (cortisol) can signal to your body that it’s time to give birth. Pregnancy massage can reduce stress, lower depression, and lower anxiety.
If you experience tiredness, aches and pains, or stress, why not book yourself in for a pregnancy massage? There are so many benefits, and it will give you the perfect excuse for some ‘me time’.